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A world without borders

Editor May 4, 2016
WHOLE FAMILY BENEFITS… Southern Cross Cultural Exchange believes the whole family, not just the individual, stands to gain from taking in an exchange student. Photo: Supplied.

WHOLE FAMILY BENEFITS… Southern Cross Cultural Exchange believes the whole family, not just the individual, stands to gain from taking in an exchange student. Photo: Supplied.

THOR Heyerdahl once said, “Borders I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.”

The famous Norwegian adventurer-ethnographer famously embarked on his 8,000km Kon-Tiki expedition on a hand-built raft. The world was to learn that vast distances did not hinder ancient peoples from reaching faraway places.

“When it comes to bridging cultures, Southern Cross Cultural Exchange (SCCE) believes the whole family, not just the individual, stands to gain from the actions of one youth living half a world away,” SCCE national director, Rob Lindsay said.

Can you and your family bring the world home then, without an air ticket?

The answer, from the award-winning organisation, is you can. It has successfully linked highly curious, motivated and adaptable high schools students with their Australian counterparts half a world away.

Come July, youths from Thor Heyerdahl’s home country, as well as other Scandinavian and European exchange students, will be arriving to experience a different culture.

They have chosen Australia to discover more about how we go about our daily lives, as they become Aussie students at a high school close to volunteer host families.

“SCCE takes care of the students’ school enrollment and other arrangements, including their insurance,” Rob said.

“As volunteer participants in the SCCE international cultural exchange program, host families are assisted and supported through the whole process. They are free to select the student according to age, nationality, interests and preferred duration.”

For more details on how to connect with an international student, call 1800 500 501, email [email protected] or visit www.scce.com.au